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1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 - £54,000

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The log-book and Heritage certificate list the car as an Austin Healey 3000 Mk11 built 14th-18th November 1963 and despatched on the 22nd November 1963 to Stour Valley Motor Company Ltd of Stourbridge. The car is listed as the second last BJ7, a RH drive home market car originally Ivory White in colour with a black interior. When working on the car I did find evidence of underlying ivory white paint on re-painted panels in areas not accessible unless the work involved significant dismantling. In 2020 DVLA enquired about the chassis number on the MoT certificate as they noted the log book listing ( BJ7/25313A) was different from the chassis plate (BJ7/25313) (by 1 type-identification letter) I did provide pictures of other AH plates showing an extra letter, but this was ignored by the DVLA. What is so frustrating is that this detail difference has been the case for many years, certainly back to the 1980's on MoT certificates. I have kept the communications from DVLA of course and can only assume someone in Swansea was justifying their salary. The bigger question not asked by DVLA is why a 1963 car is listed as an 1968 car with a 1968 dated plate. I can only surmise that it was re-registered in 1968, 52 years ago, but as to why, I cannot find an answer. According to DVLA information the 2nd owner, bought the car in the early 1980s. I know that the engine was seriously revisited several times in its life, so the fact that the engine is some 3000 units 'older' than the car is not remarkable, especially as paperwork that came with the car shows that engine rebuild-parts purchased indicate more than one pretty catastrophic failure. 1986 was the year when a major refurbishment/rebuild was undertaken which involved altering the control panel from the BJ7 steel facia - predominately on the driver's side - to the walnut veneer / centre console facia of the later BJ8 Mk11. There was an element of cash-saving as some expensive items such as speedo and rev counter were not changed. As many cars of that era, there is evidence that body deterioration as well as mechanical problems required addressing. Receipts shows work done, when mileage is recorded at 37004 miles, in early 1986 included, outer door cills, bumpers and over-riders, windows, rear shock absorbers, leaf springs and new bushes, new clutch and plate a new differential, gaskets and seals (268), 2x new HD8 carbs (230), refurbished braking system, pipes and hoses, new steering stator tube, refurbished front suspension. The paperwork invoices shows the work was done professionally. 1988-89 seems to have been an expensive year as there had obviously been an engine failure/rebuild to fund. From the invoices for the work undertaken, I calculate the cost today would be more than 6000. Nical's invoices alone came to 2269 (6200 today). Invoices from Nical Engineering describe the work in detail. It shows that they were tasked with upgrading the engine which should extract more power but ensuring that the engine was internally balanced. We know that a replacement block was required and this was engineered by Nical Engineering and balanced by Oselli. Nical started with a replacement engine block, over-bored it by 30thou (which I calculate makes the engine to be now 2965cc) and rebuilt it with re-profiled 100/6 camshaft (a well known modification in the 1980s) and triple HD8 SU carbs. The balancing work out-sourced to Oselli Engineering was for stripping seized pistons then balancing the new crank, pistons, rods and clutch together to preserve the engine when the revs increased. The parts listed as supplied are - replacement over-bored block, new pistons, re-ground crank, new timing chain set, re-profiled camshaft, new clutch set, new wiring loom, parts for front suspension and roll-bar, brake master cylinder and pipework, new distributor (still with the car today in the box of spares), front wheel bearings, polished and ported head and triple SU inlet manifold. Further work was done in 1990 some of which seems to be more cosmetic, trim panels and carpets, roof frame and roof covering (bill for 810), new wheels (478), New exhaust system from John Chatham Cars, which was modified to reduce 'grounding' (431). I don't know if this is the system that came in the box of spares with the car, (but it seems probable) one that 'exits' to the side below the passenger door. The then owner found that the system was very noisy and had a new stainless system made as an alternative street-friendly option. The next owner was a David Thompson, the 3rd owner of the car in 2004. The new owner drove it for a while then engaged Nical Engineering to do some work. Nical Engineering sent meticulously detailed paperwork for the work done and invoiced the owner for 3244. They stripped out the filler and remaining steel filigree on doors and front wings, welded in proper replacement panels and resprayed the car. An MoT test revealed a non-working brake servo and they replaced it with a noof gearbox

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